Winter Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is very one dimensional and is very heavy on the toffee. I don't get anything else. The flavor is toffee, caramel and chocolate. I was expecting some spices in the beer and I don't get any. Still, the flavor is pretty nice and the beer is easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
12-28-2010 02:45:31 | More by Mora2000
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured into a snifter on 12/12/10
Courtesy of CruisaC
Though it pours a flat brown, the beer settles dark with a ruby sheen at the bottom of the glass. The head was slow to rise so I went for a more aggravated pour, upon which a two finger head came cascading. Thin layer of bubbly foam & nice swaths of lace remain.
Aromas of baked bread, spices & hints of orange zest. At first the nose struck me as unevenly hoppy, like the alpha acids simply weren't mingling with the malt bill. Warmth & swirling drive away that notion, as smooth maltiness takes the stage.
Tastes similar to the latter incarnation of the nose. Dry, baked bread flavors are robust & have a toasty edge. Spices are worked throughout, well-manned all the while. Earthy hops & a slight citric twinge offer bitterness of the rounding-out variety.
Medium bodied but with a half-syrupy feel. Moderate carbonation brings a little agitation to the tongue (granted, I swirled some away but this is hardly an overly prickly beer). Finely granulated grit. Dry finish with lingering notes of toasted bread & spice.
This is an easy-sipping winter warmer; good malt & hop balance, just enough spice & far from being sweet. It certainly doesn't hurt that the 8% abv is all but hidden.
12-16-2010 03:29:59 | More by Ryan011235
4/5 rDev +8.1%
I've had several of the Mt. Carmel beers since they started bottling a couple of years ago, but it's not really something that I consider a "go-to" kind of beer. However, this one will now be one that I pick up annually -- I thought it was pretty solid. Review is from notes taken on 12/3/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut brown; really no head to speak of, just a very thin skim and ring around the surface; body is dark, but seems fairly clear; no lacing is left behind at all.
Smell: Quite a bit of toffee and caramel; a slight sweet breadiness; mild spiciness, like ginger and orange peel. Not too bad, fairly robust.
Taste: Not too bad, a fair amount of baking spices like ginger and nutmeg is right up front; a sweet malty breadiness and a definite presence of orange and orange peel; just a very slight presence of alcohol and it rounds out with a nice, earthy roastiness to it. Quite nice on a cold night, really takes the name "winter warmer" to heart.
Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in weight and it's just a tad oily; carbonation is present, but it's very soft and it lends to a smooth and slick finish; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the mouth and the belly is left just a little warm from the ABV.
Drinkability: A nice sipper with warm flavors -- definitely one of Mt. Carmel's better beers thus far. The weight isn't too bad, but I do feel that the ABV would start to sneak up, so I would likely limit myself to 2 in a night, but overall, if I'm sipping on it, I could make it last for an evening.
12-05-2010 21:47:11 | More by bamadog
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured a deep dark amber color, with a spiced wassail nose. Putting emphasis on the spices, this is a flat out strong winter ale. Remarkably more complex than first impression, it has a mouth filling palate where orange notes combine with citrus like hop bitterness, completed by a long dry finish.
With ample malt support, this presentation of spices is balanced and festively good.
11-25-2010 12:20:05 | More by thebeerdoctor
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown with a moderate head that dissipates as the beer warms. It leaves a moderate amount of lacing that fades gradually.
Smell: Incredible! The smell is predominantly consisted of the plethora of spices that went into the brew. You can if you strain your nose enough detect a fair amount of malt and really faint hops.
Taste: Spices, Spices, and more spices balanced off with malt and a faint hoppyness in the back. The alcohol is barely detectable until swallowed where the warming sensation is immediately noticeable. Incredible taste altogether, the spices are just a bit cloying after awhile.
Mouthfeel: heavy with moderate carbonation.
Drink: The ABV on this one is pretty gnarly which cuts down on its drinkability, I'm perfectly satisfied with a single bottle after a meal. If you want a good session beer of this style I would pick up an old fezziwig from Sam Adams.
11-17-2010 21:30:15 | More by brown2cu
3.7/5 rDev 0%
Reviewed from notes - 5/2/10.
Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
A: Dark mahogany and copper with some amber highlights. 1 and 1/2 fingers of head. Lacing slides down the glass without sticking very much.
S: Caramel and vanilla on top of sweet malts. Subtle spices - maybe cinnamon and nutmeg.
T: Malt is a little overpowering and overwhelming at first. The spices come in lightly at the finish.
M: Moderate carbonation and medium body.
D: Goes down fairly smoothly. Nice winter style beer. Spices cut down a little on the drinkability.
05-04-2010 00:08:18 | More by kirkpjr
3.55/5 rDev -4.1%
From notes 12-17-09
Eye: Garnet in color and extremely clear. Head fromation and retention are okay and poor, respectively. Other than that this one looks very nice.
Nose: All in all weak nose to begin with. Weak spice overall. From what I can get maybe some star anise, cinnamon. Okay!, well label is king here! Without reading it I'd never have got "orange-spiced bread", but yeah, its definitely there.
Tongue: Heavy on the spice in the middle of the tongue. Again like the label states, spruce and ginger are here...easy to define, nice. Alcohol is detectable. Nothing special or to be sought out, nice, but nothing damning either. A nice spiced ale for the colder months. Better than more than a few I can think of. Give it a shot.
Feel an Drinkability: Carbonation is low and is great for the style. Body is medium full and kinda oily. Not a bad deal all in all, kinda thick and velvety feeling. Nothing special on the feel, nothing out the ordinary, nothing damning either. This is one I'd drink again, though at the price;...I'd say it should be less. Its good but for the same price at 10.29(in ky) I can get some Bell's which is far superior...in my opinion.
01-24-2010 21:46:11 | More by becktone
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
Mt. Carmel is finally distributing to KY again, and to celebrate I picked up a single of each of their offerings. Poured into my snifter, this beer is a very dark ruby color. There was barely any head but what's there settles into a nice ring around the glass with pretty decent lacing. The smell is mostly seasonal spices such as ginger, spruce, and cinnamon. It smells welcoming and similar to other winter beers. The taste is mostly spruce up front. There is some cinnamon and other spices in the background as well as a bit of malt. The mouthfeel is about what I expected here and drinkability is pretty high. This is one of the better winter warmers I've had this season; I may even prefer it over Great Lakes' offering. This is a good beer for winter but I wouldn't search it out over the course of an entire year. The spices here would be pretty out of place during other seasons.
01-19-2010 04:29:48 | More by ltjska04
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
2009 12oz. bottle (fresh) listed on the bottle as 8% ABV, 36.8 IBU. Poured into a German style stein.
Appearance- Beer pours a ruby brown with a healthy two and a half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves ample lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell- Not a lot going on in the nose sadly enough, I'm getting carmelly malts and cinnamon. Not much hop presence, very bready. Not bad, not that special/amazing either. I guess I can catch a hint of the nutmeg that is claimed on the bottle.
Taste- the taste is greater than the smell and I really like the flavor going on here, the nutmeg and ginger are more powerful than the cinnamon, and the balance of the spices are very nice. The malts are extremely balanced for a beer of this gravity. I would have liked to see more balance like this than spice rack attack that I saw for last year's xmas.
Mouthfeel- Not warming, medium in carbonation, not cloying, medium full bodied, very nice.
Drinkability- I really like this one, in fact, I would go so far as to say this is my number 3 winter beer of this season. Too bad I only got one bottle. I'll pursue more next time I'm out to the southwest.
01-16-2010 01:50:50 | More by blakesell
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
A- Pours a dark, reddish-amber color with an off-white head that diminishes somewhat quickly...decent lacing left on the glass
S- Fairly spicy aroma (ginger, nutmeg, some cinnamon too) but is balanced nicely with some sweet malts and good amount of hoppiness...
T- Wow, very well balanced brew...the spiciness you would expect out of a good winter beer is there, but so is a good amount of hops and maltiness as well...pretty damn good!
M- Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation
D- A very drinkable beer...this has quickly jumped up the list as one of my favorite winter brews, and at 8% it can easily live up to its 'winter warmer' label in more ways than one...if you can get your hands on it, its definitely worth a try
01-06-2010 04:25:17 | More by Goldopelgt
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
A - Pours a beautiful clear dark red but only a very small amount of white head that disappeared quickly. A good head would have made this a solid 5.
S - Lots of spice and sweet malt and different spices. Pleasant that the spice isn't overwhelming.
T - The taste is slightly thinner then GLBC Christmas ale, but the flavor profile is close. A bit stronger flavor and this could be a winner, but this is a very drinkable winter beer.
M/D - The mouthfeel is slightly thin, but that isn't exactly a bad thing compared to the full and rich mouthfeel of most winter beers but that adds a lot to drinkability. This is one of very few winter warmers I could session.
11-23-2009 03:04:04 | More by mwa423
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
On draught at the Dilly Deli. The beer pours a murky dark amber-brown color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Spicy aroma of ginger with mild hops and malt behind it. Medium-bodied with a sweet spiced character of ginger and nutmeg. Lightly bitter hops and sweet malt are present as well. The finish is moderately spicy and leaves a sweet fruity aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
10-09-2008 20:09:52 | More by Dogbrick
4.18/5 rDev +13%
64 ounce growler bought at Jungle Jim's. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown, with a 2 inch tan head after an agressive pour. However, the head didn't stick around for very long and left minimal lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like cinnamon, roasted malt, nutmeg, pepper and dark fruit (plums, raisins). It's obviously a very fruity and spicy aroma. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, spicy and fruity. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with average but zippy carbonation. It's a bit on the thin side, but you can still tell there's some substance in this brew. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and goes down easy. Overall I think it's an enjoyable beer, I'll have to pick up more of this next winter if Mt. Carmel decides to make this a yearly release.
02-18-2008 00:24:21 | More by bluejacket74
4.55/5 rDev +23%
Well, I really had to track this one down! This is a very limited release (seasonal) from a tiny mini-micro brewery here in Cincinnati, OH. I don't think that any of the larger retailers are carrying this... I E-Mailed Mike Dewey - brewer/owner and had him suggest a place where I could get this. The place he suggested was: Marty's Corner Store; 6203 Branch Hill Guinea Pike; Milford, OH 45150; (513) 575-0616. I don't think they made a lot of this.... so if you're in the mood for a LOCAL Winter Ale.... ya better JUMP ON IT!
OK.... so here goes:
I poured from the growler into my trusty pint glass to produce a perfect 1" head of light tan foam. I suggest a heavier pour to release the carbonation. The beer is mahogany in color with just a touch of hazy quality to it. The head dissipated to a thick ring and left a trace of lacing on the glass as I drank.
Aroma: Well, I've got to give it a "5". This stuff smell GREAT! Big cinnamon aroma but it is backed by a fruitiness (like ripe plums and raisins).
Taste: Nice flavor of cinnamon... that is the dominant flavor (but not too much so). There is some fruitiness in the background along with a breadiness that balances out rather well. Also, there is a nutmeg finish.
Mouthfeel: A little thin in body for my taste. But this ale leaves a nice spicy aftertaste that lingers. Give this a heavy pour to release the carbonation. It's just a tad fizzy.... give the glass a few swirls and that problem is gone...
Drinkability: GOOD Winter Warmer... Nice effort by Mike and Kathleen Dewey of Mt. Carmel Brewing! Cincinnati BA's.... get out there and support your local brewery!
02-01-2008 13:13:16 | More by TheBierBand
Winter Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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